Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday criticised the Congress led UPA government for the "escalating" price rise and inflation during its rule and said that there has been symbiotic relation between the Congress and price rise over the years.
"The Congress and price rise predictably go hand in hand. Whenever the party comes to power, it automatically leads to price rise," he told reporters in reply to a question on his reaction on the latest petroleum price hike. "We are not suprised at the escalating price rise and inflation during the UPA rule....let us not expect prices to fall down so long as the Congress led coalition government is ruling the country," he said.
The Congress has neither will power nor a policy to deal sternly with the price rise issue, Kumar said and described meetings of the central ministers on the issue as a "public relation exercise".
He said that the NDA government has been trying its best to rein in prices through its deterrent measures against hoarders and black marketeers as a matter of duty.
The Chief Minister said that frequent increase in petroleum prices was an attack on the federal structure of the country. The state governments found themselves helpless in containing price rise on their own due to repeated increase in prices of petroleum products having a multiplier effect on the prices of various commodities, he said.